For those that missed the memo, the Rangers will no longer be featured on KRLD or 105.3 The Fan, KRLD’s FM sister station.
The local ESPN affiliate has taken over broadcasting the games, but Eric Nadel is still at the helm, so you would think that everything would be fine.
It won’t be, though. Not at all.
The problem that, I guess, no one with the Rangers considered is that 103.3 ESPN has a much weaker signal than 105.3. Living where I do [over an hour east of Dallas] I get The Fan loud and clear. By contrast, ESPN is sketchy at best.
Based on personal experience, I know that The Fan also reaches north of the Oklahoma border. I’ve heard that you can get it in Waco as well.
The same cannot be said for 103.3.
Today there was another Spring Training game. Unlike yesterday’s, it was actually being treated like a real broadcast, live on the airwaves with Nadel on the call.
I tried to get my little clock radio to play it, but to no avail. The problem wasn’t a little bit of static, either, but that the radio didn’t even register there being a station at that frequency.
Had I been in the car, it would have been only marginally better.
So, I gave up on hearing today’s broadcast, until…
…I found out that it could be webcast through ESPN’s radio flash player thing!
Naturally, I queued it up and settled into my desk chair to hear all about the exploits of Michael Kirkman, Jurickson Profar, et al.
Alas, it was not meant to be, because instead of Eric Nadel’s voice, I heard someone prattling on about Big East basketball and the NFL Combine. They were playing SportsCenter, those devious scoundrels!
Let me just say that you’re playing a dangerous game, ESPN, because you’ve got 2 strikes against you already and you only get 3 strikes in baseball!